Creativity 101: Have a go – Felt Craft

If you’re still not sure what to make, but you really want to sew, try using felt.

Why felt?

  1. It’s easy to use
  2. If you’re not confident with stitching, you can just use glue
  3. You can make almost anything with it
  4. It’s relatively stiff, and doesn’t fray
    • It easy to cut, align and stitch
    • You can use very small pieces to add embelishments
  5. You can draw straight onto it
  6. There are a huge number of free felty patterns online

Where can you get felt?

You can find felt at most craft stores, including some $2 stores.  Generally I go to Spotlight, or online places like Craft Co., and Trendy Trims. Some Etsy stores have an amazing range of colours and thicknesses.

Embellishments are also easily found at $2 shops and craft stores – embroidery floss, buttons and braid all work well.

What can I make with felt?

Anything you like!

No really! You’re only limited by your imagination and the amount of felt you own.

Here’s a quick project that might be a fun place to start.

Crafting a Felty Friend

You will need:

  • Enough felt to cut out the template twice
  • A small piece of white & a small piece of black felt (OR two small buttons)
  • Embroidery floss of any colour (the same colour as your felt, a contrasting or complementary colour).
  • Sharp scissors
  • A marker (something that will show up on your felt)
  • Fabric glue
  • A small amount of wadding/stuffing
  • A couple of pins
  • A needle
Felty friend

Felty Friend template

What to do:

  1. Download and print the Felty Friend Template (or draw your own design! Post a picture of your finished product)
  2. Cut out the main shape and position it on your felt so you have room to cut out two copies.
  3. Draw around the template once, turn the it over, find an empty space and draw around it again.
  4. Cut the shapes out.
  5. Turn one piece over so that the side that you have drawn on is facing down.
  6. Cut out two small circles of white felt, and two tiny circles of black OR choose two buttons to sew on for eyes.
  7. Use fabric glue to stick the eyes on OR sew the buttons on.20170617_024816
  8. Below the eyes, a few small stitches create a nose, and use backstitch to create a mouth or any other embellishments (eyelashes, scars…)
  9. Pin the two shapes together (drawn sides facing)
  10. Sew the pieces together using blanket stitch. If you don’t want to sew, just glue them together to make a flat friend.
  11. Leave a small gap between A & B to push the stuffing through (don’t tie off your thread yet!)
  12. Push stuffing into your shape until it is evenly filled (as full as you like).  A skewer can help push the stuffing right into the points.
  13. Backstitch across the gap & tie off your thread.
  14. Well done! You’ve made your first Felty – now try creating your own design!
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